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Buccaneers "disappointed" in Mike Williams, who seems "physically okay"

Could the Buccaneers release Mike Williams after being the victim of a violent crime? That seems unlikely, but apparently they're disappointed in the wide receiver.

J. Meric

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are "very disappointed" that Mike Williams was the victim of a violent crime, per Ed Werder of ESPN. Thankfully, the wide receiver does appear to be okay physically, but this further calls into doubt his continued presence on the roster.

The Buccaneers can be disappointed all they want, but unless they find a way to void Williams' guarantees (and that would be one hell of a fight with the NFLPA), there's not much they can do about it. Cutting Williams would entail an added $4.2 million cap hit, as his 2015 guaranteed salary would accelerate onto the cap. Plus, they'd be creating yet another hole on the roster. Unless they're willing to further hurt their team just to get rid of their starting wide receiver because...he parties too much, I guess?

I'm not doubting that the Bucs feel this way. Reports have been pretty consistent that the team is not happy with Mike Williams. I just find it slightly insane that a collection of minor off-field incidents would lead the team to take a course of action that actively hurts them. That does not sound like a good decision making process.